It’s our 40th anniversary celebration this year, so we’re kicking it off big by sponsoring the popular KAC Roadhouse series. First up: a great band out of New York City. Watch to learn more about why we love this infectious group, then get your tickets here.

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Here’s the full text of the news release:

CLINTON, NY – Romanelli Communications in Clinton, NY is marking its 40th year in business this year in part by sponsoring the Kirkland Art Center’s popular “KAC ROADHOUSE” series for 2013, and have announced the next show of the season. The series, now dubbed “KAC ROADHOUSE, a damn good time hosted by Romanelli Communications”, kicks off with an up-and-coming group out of Brooklyn, Lake Street Dive, on Wednesday, May 8th.

“My father founded our agency 40 years ago, so we’re building on a big legacy,” said Joe Romanelli, President of Romanelli Communications. Romanelli and his sister, Beth Romanelli-Hapanowicz, who is Vice President, worked for the marketing communications firm before taking over from their father, Don Romanelli, in 2003.

“A big part of marketing communications today is connecting with customers in many different ways,” added Joe Romanelli, “and this sponsorship is another way for us to connect with our community and give something back.” Last week the firm used some of their trademark humor in a promotional video announcing the sponsorship news.

The Kirkland Art Center is just across the village green from Romanelli Communications’ historic location in Clinton, so Romanelli’s sponsorship was a natural fit. Part of their mission is supporting local businesses, and they enjoy helping the art center grow. The KAC had its own anniversary just a few years ago, celebrating 50 years in business.

Kathleen Teodoro, KAC Executive Director, said that joining forces with Romanelli Communications was easy. “They’ve always supported us with creative work, physical help at events, and so much more,” she said, “so it’s tremendous that they have become a sponsor for our Roadhouse series. They have an innate talent for connecting with people and finding what appeals to them.” She noted that this concert series brings in a younger adult audience, something the regional art center always enjoys.

The series’ next artist, the band Lake Street Dive, is just starting to enjoy national attention. This unlikely combo creates infectious, naturally exhilarating music by pulling in familiar elements and irreverently scrambling and recombining them. Lake Street Dive are at once jazz-schooled, DIY-motivated, and classically pop obsessed. The members of Lake Street Dive first met when they were students at Boston’s New England Conservatory. Composed of drummer Mike Calabrese, bassist Bridget Kearney, vocalist Rachael Price, and trumpet-wielding guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson, Lake Street Dive encompasses a myriad of possibilities within its members’ collective experiences, and the result is a vivid, largely acoustic, groove-driven strain of indie-pop.

On Wednesday, May 8th, the Kirkland Art Center’s doors will open at 7:30pm and the band will begin promptly at 8:00pm. The ROADHOUSE series is an open floor setup, unlike the KAC’s traditional Coffeehouse series. There will be beer and wine provided through a cash bar by Nola’s of Clinton, along with coffee from Utica Coffee Roasting Company. Tickets are available online through kacroadhouse.org. Pricing is only $15 for KAC members and $20 for non-members. KAC members will receive a coupon code for the discounted price by email. The public is encouraged to purchase tickets in advance as capacity is limited, and recent shows have sold out well ahead of time.

Tickets for all shows can be purchased at the KAC during normal business hours, by phone at 315-853-8871, or online at kacroadhouse.org.

Romanelli Communications builds brands they believe in, growing businesses by telling their stories. They specialize in new media communications, helping businesses forge closer connections with their customers through mobile, web, interactive and conventional communications and advertising. For more information, contact Bernie Freytag at Romanelli Communications at 315-853-3941, info@romanelli.com or romanelli.com.